Hangman resigns after seeing gallows for first time

A Sri Lankan hangman resigned from his position after seeing the gallows for the first time.

Commissioner-General of Prisons Chandrarathna Pallegama told the BBC that the recruit "got shocked and afraid" after seeing the gallows.

Three hangmen have quit the job within a year, the report said. 

According to, Sri Lanka has not carried out a judicial execution since 1976, but wants to have an executioner ready in case hangings resume. 

There are more than 400 prisoners on death row. 

The last permanent hangman reportedly said the gallows made him nervous and was lucky only to have done clerical work during his tenure. 

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